Car dealer helps shooting spree victim in South Austin

The general manager of a used car dealership is speaking out after helping a woman hit by a bullet during Wednesday’s shooting spree in South Austin. Police say the victim was shot while driving her car with her children inside.

Police have since made an arrest in that case and they've have connected the suspect to a murder that happened on Monday at the Post South Lamar apartments.

According to police, Charles Curry went into the "Range at Austin" on Wednesday afternoon. There, he attempted to buy a silencer. After being denied and driving away his alleged shooting spree began. "It was very, very scary," said Josh Vallejo the general manager of Dynamic Motors.

A victim from the shooting spree pulled up to Vallejo’s lot looking for help. "2 kids came down screaming that something had hit their mom in the face," said Vallejo.

Vallejo said he noticed the driver was bleeding from the left side of her forehead.

"She started to go a little bit into shock when she saw herself in the mirror," said Vallejo. His staff was quick to help the mother and her kids while they waited for ems. "Kids seeing that especially their mother bleeding from head to toe you know it's not good pretty sure they were very hurt," said Vallejo.

Moments before the driver entered Vallejo's lot, police say Charles Curry, the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting spree which resulted in the woman getting hit, tried to buy a silencer at a local gun range before being turned away.

We wanted to know the process of buying a silencer so we reached out to a local gun shop. "You can purchase it (in store) or you can buy it online. You can't take possession of it just yet until you fill out some paper work. You pay a $200 tax you, get your finger prints and a photo taken," said Michael Cargill the owner of Central Texas Gun Works. According to Cargill you have to wait for the ATF to approve the paper work which can take up to a year.

While Cargill didn't want to comment on this issue specifically he says most gun shops don't just sell to anyone who can clear a background check. "If someone that just walks in and something is just not right with them then we are not going to continue with the transaction. We actually use a code word here in the gun store and that's one word we can use to let them employees know that something is going on and we shouldn't continue that transaction," said Cargill. I

n some cases, they even report these people to authorities.

We're told the woman who was shot is ok.

According to police, Curry was taken into custody by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Wednesday afternoon at the Post South Lamar apartments after taking his boat out on Lake Travis.
 

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